Restaurant Tries to Make Dining Alone Less Awkward by Seating Patrons with Giant Stuffed Animals

This is just awesome. I actually don’t mind dining alone, though lunch seems much more normal than dinner in a nice place. I have to wonder how many of these patrons converse with their newfound dining companions??

TIME

Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone? Moomin Café in Tokyo has recently gone viral because gigantic stuffed animals are seated across the table from solo diners in an attempt to reduce any discomfort.

Waiters enthusiastically pair parties of one with characters from a Finnish picture book series.

While a dining partner that looks like a hippopotamus certainly won’t make your table any less conspicuous, will you really be worried about other people’s opinions when you have this punim resting over your pancakes?

Some of the meals appear to be inspired by the stuffed animals, too:

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